2500 Zimbabweans In UK to Be Deported

The British government has announced its intention to repatriate some 2500 Zimbabweans who have no documents to stay in the United Kingdom.

This was revealed by the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Catriona Lang when she met with Vice President Kembo Mohadi at his Munhumutapa office in Harare this afternoon.

In an interview with journalists after the meeting, Cde Mohadi said Zimbabwe has no problem receiving its nationals back but would want them vetted to ensure that they are genuine Zimbabweans before taking them back.

The wide ranging discussions also touched on the land issue which Cde Mohadi said was the reason why Zimbabweans went to war, and prospects on Zimbabwe rejoining the Commonwealth, an issue which he said depends on Zimbabwe.

The Vice President also announced that the issue of the repatriation of the remains of some Zimbabweans who fell during the First Chimurenga of the 1890s was also discussed.

These include the heads of chiefs such as Mashayamombe, Chinengundu and others, as well those of Mbuya Nehanda.

The remains are said to be in the British Natural History Museum in London.

Cde Mohadi also briefed the British Ambassador on the planned work of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

Ambassador Lang said discussions also centred on reengagement so as to normalise bilateral relations and steps required to attain this including the importance of free fair and credible elections.

They also talked about work being done on land compensation and Zimbabwe’s plans to reengage the international financial institutions, implement the Lima Plan and what Britain can do in support of that.

Soon afterwards, Vice President Mohadi held talks with the European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Phillipe van Damme.

The two discussed the work of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission and the importance of the impending elections in the re-engagement process and normalisation of the Zimbabwe – EU relations.-ZBC

MDC-T Succession Battles Turns Nasty As Nelson Chamisa Loyalists Blocked Rival Mudzuri From Harvest House

MDC-T vice-president Elias Mudzuri was yesterday reportedly barred from entering the party headquarters, Harvest House, by youths aligned to his counterpart Nelson Chamisa as the opposition party’s succession fights turned
nastier.

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BLESSED MHLANGA

Mudzuri intended to address a Press conference to assert his authority as acting MDC-T president, but Chamisa’s backers, who identified themselves as “the Vanguard”, could not allow him to proceed with the media briefing.

The youths turned violent and threatened to beat up Mudzuri, forcing him to leave the party offices in a huff.

The drama occurred as Chamisa, who claimed to have been recently appointed as acting party president, was addressing the MDC-T secretariat.

Presidential spokesperson Luke Tambarinyoka confirmed the meeting between Chamisa and members of staff as the party gears for polls.

“The acting president held a meeting with staff members of the party. I can’t get into the details or dynamics of the meeting because these are internal party matters,” he said, adding he was unaware of Mudzuri’s planned media briefing.

Party spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed that Mudzuri had postponed his Press briefing, but declined to shed further details.

“There was supposed to be a Press conference, but it has been postponed to a later date. I am not yet aware of the reasons,” he said.

Asked why he cancelled his Press conference yesterday, Mudzuri said there were some developments taking place, but would not disclose them.

Hours later, he released a statement reaffirming his position as the party’s acting president.

“When I was appointed acting president, it was done so by president Morgan Tsvangirai openly in the presence of the party presidium and in the full knowledge of the entire national party leadership to ‘act’ until the president’s return,” Mudzuri’s statement read.

He accused Tamborinyoka of bending party rules and unilaterally appointing Chamisa as acting party president without Tsvangirai’s consent.

“It’s criminal to impersonate and mock our president given the situation he is dealing with. That must stop immediately,” he said.

Mudzuri also blamed MDC Alliance partners of interfering in the party’s internal affairs.